Closed-circuit television cameras will be installed soon in the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi as well as on the route and base camp of the popular pilgrimage spot that had always remained on terrorist radar.

The CCTVs will be installed to ensure fool-proof security for the shrine, the Bangang—Bhawan route and the base camp of Katra town, Katra Superintendent of Police Shiv Kumar Sharma told PTI.

The cameras would help keep an eye on suspicious activity as a preventive measure against any possible terrorist attack, he said.

Vaishnodevi shrine, located in Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir, is one of the busiest shrines in the country with over 80 lakh pilgrims visiting it annually. The shrine has always been on the radar of terrorists.

Under the project, 35 CCTV cameras would be installed at Katra and en route to the shrine with two monitoring centres being set up at Katra police station and Bhawan police station, police officials said. Bhawan is the place where the shrine is located.